With over 25 years in the Information Technology Services industry, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, is a well-recognized thought leader and successful entrepreneur.
Rodney was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Virtustream Inc., a leading cloud software and Services company that was acquired in July of 2015 by EMC for $1.2B. Virtustream introduced the first consumption-based hybrid cloud software and IaaS platform capable of providing commercial application latency performance guarantees for running mission-critical enterprise class applications on modern multi-tenant cloud architectures. Virtustream represents a key transformational element of EMC’s new cloud strategy.
Prior to Virtustream, Rodney was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Adjoined. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services company from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Rodney then became COO of Kanbay, a 7,000 person global IT Services firm which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. As such, Adjoined set the bar for private U.S-based IT Services value creation in the post-2000 era.
Rodney has been recognized consistently as a businessman, an entrepreneur and a technologist including being named to Kennedy Research's global list of "Top 25 Most Influential Consultants", being a finalist for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award multiple times, and most recently, ranking 3rd the on the global Forbes list of "Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2015.”
Rodney is a Board Member of UnitedLex, a leading India-based Knowledge Process Outsourcer, and Greensmith, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage software technology. Rodney is also an early-stage investor in technology growth companies such as Cloud Sherpas, BetterCloud, StrataCloud and iYogi.
Kevin Reid is the Co-Founder, President & CTO of Virtustream, Inc., an Intel and Columbia Capital backed firm committed to helping clients actualize the enterprise class Cloud by providing strategy, integration and managed services leveraging xStream, Virtustream's unique Cloud computing platform. Since its inception in 2009, Kevin and the company have received recognition including the AlwaysOn "On Demand Top 100", "East Top 100 Private Companies" awards and the "2010 Minority Business Leader" award from the Washington Business Journal.
Kevin was formerly the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Adjoined Consulting, a US based management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm targeting the global 2000 market. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Kevin then became the Global Practice lead for the Business Intelligence Practice of Kanbay which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. Kevin continued on with Capgemini as the North American practice leader for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Architecture.
Prior to Adjoined Kevin was CIO for a privately held corporation and the largest producer and distributor of sweeteners in the United States. Before that he was with Accenture's Consumer Products Industry Practice.
In addition, Kevin is President of Blue Lagoon Advisors, LLC, a private U.S-based executive advisory and private equity firm and Chairman of the Board for Greensmith Energy Management Systems, LLC, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage technology.
Simon West has spent his career marketing business-to-business technology solutions, and played a key role in two of the largest transactions in the cloud computing industry.
Prior to joining Virtustream he was founder and principal of Monophonic, a brand strategy and communications design firm. He was formerly chief marketing officer for SoftLayer Technologies. Over a two-year period he directed a repositioning that established the company as a global leader in cloud infrastructure, ultimately leading to its sale to IBM in 2013 for $2 billion.
Prior to SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch, positioning the company as a brand leader in the managed services industry and at the forefront of the emerging cloud computing revolution, and executed marketing programs resulting in unprecedented brand awareness, industry recognition, revenue growth, and sale of the company in 2011 to Verizon for $2 billion.
Previously, West spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial start-up team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an Initial Public Offering.
Joe Moye brings over 30 years of diverse experience as a leader in the technology arena and joins Virtustream after successfully driving the transformation of the enterprise business of a publicly traded software company. He also founded and built a highly successful analytics and data management business which was acquired and integrated into a leading, global professional services company.
Joe serves as the President of Virtustream’s software business for the Americas which encompasses our go-to-market, professional services, product management and product development. Prior to joining Virtustream, he was the President of the Enterprise Customer Business Unit at Blackbaud (BLKB) where he helped the business drive its transformation into a Cloud centric solution set while delivering a record performance in customer satisfaction and shareholder value.
Before joining Blackbaud, Joe was President and Chief Executive Officer for Capgemini Government Solutions, where he aggressively expanded the company in the U.S. public sector marketplace. Prior to Capgemini, Mr. Moye was the Founder and CEO of Gazelle Consulting, Inc., a branded leader in analytics and data management professional services based in Atlanta, Georgia. Gazelle was acquired by Adjoined Consulting in 2005 and Joe integrated his team and led the combined Business Intelligence practice and, ultimately Kanbay’s practice after its acquisition of Adjoined, prior to Capgemini acquiring Kanbay. Before founding Gazelle Consulting, Mr. Moye held multiple leadership positions with Sequent Computer Systems and Unisys where he was responsible for leading business units and channels both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Moye holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University.
Christina Colby is a seasoned technology services executive with a keen focus on ensuring delivery excellence and advancing client outcomes for our flagship global accounts.
Prior to Virtustream, Christina was with Capgemini Group responsible for go-to-market, business development, and solutions for their rapidly-growing, market-leading services business focused on the Insurance segment. In this capacity, she was considered an industry thought leader and delivery expert both domestically and internationally. Prior to that, Christina led a business information management capability for Capgemini Financial Services. She also served as an executive coach and sat on an advisory team for digital transformation.
Earlier in her career, Christina discovered her passion for data and business insights in her role with Adjoined Consulting, a management consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm.
Christina holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Todd McNabb is a leader in cloud computing, corporate shared services, data center consolidation, and business process outsourcing. Todd serves as the President of Global Services for Virtustream. In his role, he has responsibility for the go-to-market, Delivery Execution and Strategic Alliances for Virtustream’s Enterprise Cloud.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Todd led the Global Sales organization for CSC Cloud Business Unit, where he was responsible for the end-to-end strategies to advance the company’s Cloud Computing position in the US, ANZ, EMEA, and APAC. The Cloud Business Unit became the fastest growing segment in CSC and was recognized as the market leader for public and private cloud. In 2012, Todd was responsible for launching CSCs BizCloud platform for their North American Public Sector, which received multiple awards in the Federal Government sector.
Prior to CSC, Todd spent over a decade at IBM, where he was responsible for executing IBM’s software, hardware, and Global Services strategy to IBM’s largest Global Manufacturing and A&D clients. He was recognized as a thought leader in his practice and received multiple awards for his achievements in high margin growth and delivery excellence.
Mr. McNabb holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
Simon Aspinall is the President of Virtustream’s International Software Business. In his role, Simon runs Virtustream’s global business with enterprises, service providers and system integrators and manages Virtustream’s businesses outside the US.
Simon has built a significant business worldwide for Virtustream with enterprises, service providers and governments. His activities have helped to drive Virtustream’s expansion of its xStream software business, enterprise-class IAAS services and cloud managed services. As Virtustream enters new markets outside the US, Simon’s role is to rapidly develop these new sectors and grow Virtustream’s business through both Virtustream’s direct sales team and partners. For the international software business, Simon’s role is to maximize Virtustream’s growth and profitability worldwide with leading enterprises, service providers and channel partners, and also lead Virtustream’s businesses outside the US. Previously Simon has also been responsible for Virtustream’s Strategy, run Virtustream’s vertical markets business and was Virtustream’s Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to Virtustream, Simon spent more than a decade at Cisco Systems—a cloud innovator and worldwide leader in networking—Simon brought extensive high tech strategy, sales, and business development experience to Virtustream. He led Cisco’s Global Marketing for Cloud, Mobility, and Data Center (SP) businesses, where he created, developed, and executed marketing strategies and campaigns to help each business grow to over a billion dollars in revenue. During his time at Cisco, he also held senior leadership roles in business development, technology and sales teams in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. Before Cisco, Simon was the founder and director of an Internet incubator, Kickstart Ventures, with operations in five countries. Simon had also spent eight years at Mercer Management Consulting.
Simon holds a master’s degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a commentator on the IT, telecom, and networking sectors.
Kaus Phaltankar, is a Subject Matter Expert in Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Regulatory Compliance. He brings more than 15 years of internet, network engineering, as well as operations experience from leading corporations including Hewlett Packard, MCI and Citicorp.
Kaus has been a pioneer in developing innovative technologies to meet challenges related to security and compliance requirements of commercial and federal enterprises. He has implemented network and security solutions for Department of Defense as well as Fortune 100 clients, globally.
Prior to Virtustream, Kaus was founder and CTO at ViewTrust Technology, Inc. Kaus was instrumental in envisioning and developing key technologies behind the range of products offered by ViewTrust to the commercial and Federal marketplace. At ViewTrust, Kaus developed and implemented solutions for Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management. He also developed innovative solutions to achieve Compliance Automation and Continuous Risk Management, at leading commercial and DoD agencies.
Prior to founding ViewTrust Technology, Kaus was founder and CEO of NetPlexus Corporation, a global Managed Security Service provider with Fortune 500 Customers in Americas, Europe and Asia.
Kaus holds Masters in Telecommunications and Computer Science from The George Washington University, Washington DC; is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
As EVP of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Lisa Desmond is charged with supporting Virtustream's revenue objectives by aligning marketing and sales initiatives, defining and implementing Virtustream's brand strategy, and directing media and analyst relations activities and partner channel efforts.
She has more than twenty years of leadership experience in marketing and communications with over half of those years focused on the Information Technology Services industry. Lisa came to Virtustream from Capgemini where she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Financial Services Strategic Global Unit (FSGBU). Prior to Capgemini, Lisa was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Kanbay and, before that, Marketing Director for Adjoined Consulting, Inc., a management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm. Lisa started her career as founder and President of Business Graphics, Inc., a graphics firm specializing in corporate communications and marketing.
Carolyn Linthicum is the Global Vice President of Human Resources at Virtustream where she maintains global responsibility for performance management, benefits and compensation, training and development, and employee relations for the company. As a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience, Carolyn has led the strategic development, execution and management of global human resource teams for organizations ranging in size from small, private startups to large, public Fortune 500 firms.
Carolyn joins Virtustream from Texas Instruments (TI) where she was the Director of Human Resources for three business units spanning multiple sites across the U.S., Canada and India. In her role Carolyn led the talent acquisition, succession planning, compensation and performance management, and training for over 600 worldwide employees. Prior to her tenure at TI, Carolyn was the Human Resources Director for VoIP software provider, Telogy Networks, where she successfully created and implemented a human resources infrastructure and played an instrumental role in the sale of the company to Texas Instruments. Carolyn has also held human resources leadership roles at McDonald Bradley, a startup computer consulting company, and various government contracting and technology organizations.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, as well as a Master of Science degree in business, with a concentration in human resources management, from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS).
Gregsie Leighton is Virtustream’s interim Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He will be leading and coordinating all security efforts across the company, including IT, human resources, product development, sales, marketing, communications, legal, facilities management, corporate security and safety, risk and compliance.
Gregsie is an information security and systems professional with over 20 years of experience creating innovative products and helping companies improve corporate information systems security through the innovative application of technology, best practices, and organizational management principles.
Gregsie's unique blend of consulting, executive leadership, and industry experience has earned him a reputation for excellence in Information Security and Systems with "Blue Chip" clientele in the Financial Services, Healthcare, Telecom, Media, Public Sector and Retail industries. His past clients included AT&T/BellSouth, Autotrader.com, Chemical Bank/Chase, Freddie Mac, Martha Stewart Living, and Standard and Poor's/McGraw-Hill.
Prior to Virtustream, Gregsie was the CEO and a Principal Consultant at Leighton Technology Group, a firm focused on IT security consulting and related integration services. His extensive experience with Fortune 100 private and public sector clients enables him to deliver practical applications of information security technology in conjunction with effective management techniques to create real economic value for our enterprise clients.
Gregsie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Management with honors from York College - City University of New York.